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Portrait of a hero

Steve Averbach, who was injured in a 2003 terror attack in Jerusalem, died today. Here’s a profile of him from a 2005 article:

Averbach was on his way to work on May 18, 2003, when he boarded the No. 6 bus in Jerusalem. The last passenger to board was dressed in the garb of an ultra-Orthodox Jew. Averbach, accustomed to scanning crowds for suspicious faces, noticed that the man was cleanshaven and had a strange bulge in his jacket – an Arab disguised as a Jew. Averbach reached for his gun but the bomber pulled detonated his explosives, which killed seven passengers and injured 20.

Averbach’s wounded body was found in the wreckage, his hand still on the gun’s trigger.

Glass had punctured his lungs. A ball bearing was lodged in his spine. He was barely conscious. But he mustered up the strength to tell police about the bullet in his gun. He didn’t want anyone to get hurt.

A police investigation determined the bomber had wanted to detonate in the center of town, a bustling, crowded area. Averbach had prevented dozens of deaths and injuries and was given a government award for his bravery.

Averbach, who spent the rest of his life paralyzed due to the injuries sustained in the attack, is also quoted as saying, “I made a choice. My choice was the correct one, so I can live with the outcome. If I wouldn’t have done anything, even if I would’ve walked away without a scratch, I wouldn’t have been able to live with myself.”

I believe this quality is called courage. Rest in peace, Mr. Averbach, and may God comfort your family in their sorrow.

Author: David Kuner | June 7, 2010
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What do you think?

  • Sarah
    June 28, 2010
    3:11 am

    It’s really sad but also praiseworthy. May the good Lord surround his family with His peace and love. I’ll keep praying for the peace and prosperity of Israel, God’s beloved.

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  • Mary
    June 17, 2010
    2:06 pm

    Rest in everlasting peace. May your family be comforted by His unfailing grace and love and by the memories of a brave and beautiful soul.

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  • allie
    June 12, 2010
    6:19 pm

    So sad…and yes a true hero is one who does what the situation call for at the moment and does so with no regrets..May he rest in peace…

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  • Joan
    June 9, 2010
    12:41 pm

    This is exactly what I mean about needing to take a “STAND”, a stand for what is right, a stand to protect innocent lives, a stand against evil in whatever form it comes in. Steve’s heroism stays with us, may we be as brave in the coming days.

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  • Glenda
    June 9, 2010
    8:35 am

    What a HERO! the whole of the world NEEDS more like him, not just for what he did to save others, but that he was so humble with the outcome. G_D bless those who morn for him.

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  • Patti
    June 8, 2010
    9:07 pm

    Because of his courage and integrity many lives were saved. God bless him and pour out great comfort on his family.

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  • Gloria
    June 8, 2010
    4:08 pm

    I am awed by not only his bravery but his positive attitude about his choice and the outcome of his choice. He is a true hero and has gone on to a hero’s reward.

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  • Harold
    June 8, 2010
    1:01 pm

    A true hero has gone home, may he and his family rest in eternal peace.

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  • joshua
    June 8, 2010
    5:03 am

    send my best regards to the family of Steve Averbach..his word ” i made a choice and i will live with the outcome…” is a word of wisdom and carries an eternal overtone..

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  • Evonne
    June 8, 2010
    1:31 am

    May God Bless his family. He is a true hero.

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  • kelly
    June 7, 2010
    7:03 pm

    God Bless Steve Averbach, he is a hero.

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